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Being audited - why is it taking so long?

Posted 7 August 2015 under Tax Questions


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Pixie says:
6 August 2015 at 15:35

I submitted by tax return via SARS eFiling on 7 July 2015. On 9 July 2015 I checked what progress had been made only to find a letter stating that they require documentation for review. My employer does not pay my medical aid, I pay the total contribution myself. I submitted the IRP5 again as well as my medical aid tax certificate and RA tax certificate. I have not even claimed to medical expenses I paid out of my own pocket. Every time I call them, I am told that they are still busy with the audit and it can take 30 working days. It has already been 21 working days and today I am told it can take another 21 working days! According to my IT34A (??) I am due a refund (there is a negative sign next to the amount). I do not claim for anything I am not entitled to claim for an am very honest with my taxes. Surely it cannot take so long for my tax return to be audited??

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
7 August 2015 at 8:16

Unfortunately it does take 21 working days for SARS to perform an audit. This is there internal process as there is a manual intervention. That is the maximum time they should take.


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